World Kindness Day

Did you wonder how the Paris attacks could actually create a stronger “World Kindness Day?” True human kindness was shown, at its best, in the days following the attack as witnessed by many of us in the numerous media stories. Tweets, during the attacks, showed how ‘kindness spreads faster than hate.’ Tributes were laid to victims of the Paris attacks at the foot of the Monument a La Republique, in many cases by strangers for strangers.

Dr. Stephen Post, author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving, discusses kindness in his lectures across the globe.
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Three Tips For Managing Holiday Expectations

Holiday expectationsThe holidays are a time when we have visions of sugar plums (as well as car commercials in which husbands buy their wives European luxury vehicles topped with big, shiny, red bows) dancing in our heads. It is a time loaded with expectations, and not the reasonable variety. Yes, our kids might write a three-page letter to Santa outlining all of their Christmas requests, and we see that their needs are a bit excessive. However, very often we have similar laundry lists of expectations that impact our ability to enjoy the season. Did I lose you there? Did you just say to yourself: but Tracey, all I want is to be with my family and be happy?
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Employee Engagement & Service in Healthcare

In a recent article in Outpatient Surgery, Kenny Ellinger, RN, ADN, administrator of the Surgi-Center of Central Virginia in Fredericksburg, VA says, “Each interaction we have each day with patients and the members of their families has an impact. So it’s worthwhile for those interactions to be positive ones. ” Mr. Ellinger endorsed and encouraged this mindset since reading a motivational book his QA nurse brought him from a conference.inspired by one of our top rated speakers, Mark Sanborn, author of The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary. Mr. Ellinger is working on getting the rest of his staff on board.
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Our “Happiness Resident” Reports – This Is Your Brain On Lists. Any Questions?

Tracey Cleantis, LMFT – Speakers On Healthcare Resident in Happiness

I am a big planner – BIG. As long as I have been able to write, I have had a to-do list going. I remember in seventh grade, my teacher, Mrs. Hogan, telling me to stop writing lists and to focus on the French assignment in front of me, “maintenant.” But, as demonstrated by my pas bien Francais, it is clear that I didn’t take her advice. I always have a list—a list of things to do today, tomorrow, this week, next week, next year, five years from now and for a lifetime.
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